We're unlucky that Yuvraj chose us to return to form: Swann

Pietersen's men are unlucky to come in Yuvraj Singh's line of fire and the visitors would try every trick to send him back as early as possible.

updated: November 19, 2008 17:17 IST
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Kevin Pietersen's men are distinctly unlucky to come in Yuvraj Singh's line of fire and the visitors would try every trick in the book on Wednesday to send him back as early as possible, said England off-spinner Graeme Swann.

Speaking to reporters after the net session at Green Park, Swann, who broke into the 12-man England team for the third ODI, said it was a matter of bad luck that Yuvraj chose England to announce his return to form.

"As a side, we were a little unlucky. When the tour started, Yuvraj was down in form but he bounced back in the first two matches of the series and is looking hungry for more," Swann said.

Yuvraj has been in sensational form against England, hitting a 78-ball 138 in Rajkot and following it up with another century and a four-wicket haul in Indore.

Swann, however, oozed confidence that captain Kevin Pietersen and talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff would step up to match Yuvraj shot for shot.

"We also got two very good hitters in Pietersen and Flintoff and though they have not fired on all cylinders, I hope tomorrow they would and we'll win the match," he said.

With his Nottinghamshire colleague Samit Patel getting the nod ahead of him in the first two one-dayers, Swann admitted it was disappointing not to get into the playing XI.

"It all depends on the shape of the team but at the same time it's never nice not to get a game.

"As a spinner, you always look forward to bowl in India. If I get to play tomorrow, I hope there will be some turn in the wicket," said the offie.